We've got a screened porch (they call them Arizona Rooms here in
Arizona), and the floor is covered with that green "astroturf like"
indoor-outdoor carpet. My wife understands that it is possible to paint
over it using several coats of primer followed by a floor paint, to wind
up with a different color and relatively smooth surface.
Has anyone had any experience with doing this?
Thanks in advance for any information.
Green Valley, AZ
You are joking, right?
I've watched that show a couple times, back when it first started. The
'remodeling' they do is right up there with building sets for a high
school play. Don't have a cite, but I've seen articles that the redone
spaces generally fall apart quickly. I wouldn't take anything you see on
there as gospel. Sure, you can paint it, but it will quickly look like
crap as the paint flakes off. Remmants are cheap- go find a color you
like. If the old stuff is glued down (a common sin) just scrape it off
as best you can, and lay the new over it.
It's possible to put it on TV and make it look good for the moment.
Reminds me of an old "$19.95+s&h, order before midnight tonight"
commercial for thinning hair. Sprayed the guys head with some black stuff
and combed. Suddenly it looks like he has a full head of hair. Looks good
on TV where no detail can be seen and the test of time is zero.
In reality I heard that it actually just colored the scalp to look good
from an airplane. Up close it looked like the dude had a black helmet
on...an ugly black helmet...a cheap ugly black helmet.
To be honest, no, I've had no experience with this, but it sounds pretty
crazy to me. Suggestion: if you really want to find out, get yourself a
scrap of carpet and try painting it to see what happens. My guess is you
won't be pleased with the result.
"Wikipedia ... it reminds me ... of dogs barking idiotically through
endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.
Anyone who has spilled paint knows that it would probably sink into
fiber carpet. Astroturf is
a whole nother idea - horrible, just to think about. I can't imagine
why anyone would want to try,
unless striving for a particularly unusual color. Indoor/outdoor carpet
is pretty inexpensive,
probably cheaper than the primer and paint.
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